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Welcome to HAL

HAL opened in 1984 in Osaka. It is currently Japan's largest,specialized training college having schools in front of each terminal station in TokyoShinjyuku, Osaka, and Nagoya. We provide a cutting-edge learning environment with diverse cooperation with world leading companies including Nintendo and Microsoft. There are about 6,000 students here. We have also set up an environment to cultivate creators who are active worldwide by adopting a foreign exchange program at "CREAPOLE" in Paris.

TV Commercial

TVCM of HAL, which has attracted the attention every year in the ingenious creative is the message to people considering admission, and one of the admission examination. We make the CM because we want to enroll in people to empathize with this message.

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Employment

Employment

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The employment staff will give careful personal coaching for everything from how to write your personal resume, interviewing, and the production and presentation of your career portfolio. We will give complete support regarding tactics for qualifications and certification examinations that are advantageous to employment as well. In addition, the school will actively support you to create tactics and obtain a work visa, etc. regarding employment in Japan.

Occupations aim after graduation

Game Programmer / Game Planner / Game 2D-3DCG Designer / Graphic Designer / WEB Designer / 3DCG Designer / Game Music Composer / SE (System Engineer) / DTP Designer / 3DCG, Movie Production / WEB Engineer / Art Director / Product Director / Network Operation and Maintenance / Project Manager / Editor / Sales / Ordinary and General Career Track

The main employment of graduates

ASPECT,Inc. / ASOBIMO, Inc. / Amana inc. / Ignis Imageworks Corp. / Imaginarypower,Inc. / Aiming Inc. / OLM Digital, Inc. / GAO COMPANY Inc. / CAPCOM CO., LTD. / Kobe Digital Labo Inc. / Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. / CYBIRD Co., Ltd. / SystemEXE,Inc. / Scarab Studio Inc. / DMM.com Labo Co., Ltd. / DMM.com Labo Co., Ltd. / Digital Frontier Inc. / Transcosmos inc. / Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. / Japan System Techniques Co., Ltd. / HAKUHODO i-studio Inc. / PlatinumGames Inc. / FromSoftware, Inc. / Polygon Magic, Inc. etc.

Internship Program

Internship program is a special off-campus curriculum conducted a year before the graduation of 4 year course, it will develop an immediate use by training in the actual company site. By a long practical experience with professional guidance, gain confidence and clarify the future prospects.

Facilities

Facilities

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Students

Students

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  • German Jimenez

    German Jimenez From SPAIN.
    CG Images Dept.
  • Chonnipa Nilubol

    Chonnipa Nilubol From THAILAND.
    Game Dept.
    Unofficially offered a job as a designer in a game product company.
  • Fondevila Sebastian

    Fondevila Sebastian From ARGENTINA.
    Game Design Dept.
    Unofficially offered a job as a character designer at a game production company.
  • Nicholas Joseph Dahms

    Nicholas Joseph Dahms From the U.S.A..
    Game Production Dept.
Features

Features

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1. HAL is "approved school", "proper school", and "accredited school".

HAL is a school corporation of the Private School Law Article 64 Paragraph 4, and a specialized training college based on the School Education Law Article 124. Therefore, the enrollment visa (status of residence) is a study visa. In addition, we have been recognized as an educational institution (proper school) by the Immigration Bureau that enrollment management is being carried out properly. Incidentally, visa acquisition and update procedures, done by the enrollment in person as a general rule. We have established the "Professional Post-secondary Course" that is recognized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as to further perform highly practical education quality.

※All who wish to enter the evening courses and Saturday courses cannot get the visa. Please contact the admission counseling room.

2. When you graduate, the title of "Advanced Diploma," "Diploma" can be obtained.

When you graduated from the 4 years department (daytime) of HAL, a graduation certificates and the title of "Advanced Diploma" by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology enacted will be granted. This is a title that is recognized as equivalent to the four-year university graduates. When you graduated from the 2 years department (daytime), a graduation certificates and the title of "Diploma" established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is granted. In addition, if graduated from the department that corresponds to the requirements of the Minister of Justice, and get the title of "Diploma", you can enter native country also after graduation by the status of residence such as "Technology and Humanities knowledge and international business" for the purpose of employment as well as university graduates.

3. There is a credit certified special provisions for international students.

All HAL Classes are taught in Japanese. Before entrance, Japanese language proficiency (listening, speaking, reading and writing) that does not interfere with study will be required. However, studying in Japan different from the customs and culture is anxiety for international students. Therefore, HAL has established a credit certified special provision for international students. During the test of the credit certified, if filling out in Japanese is difficult, oral examination (test in question format) be approved by the subject.

4. There is the support system for international student's study and daily life.

In HAL, not only to master the professional knowledge and technology, but also to take care  getting into Japan unique culture, manners and customs at the same time. So that international students can enjoy more the study and life, a whole-time guidance teachers thoroughly support. In addition, Japanese students in the same class have supported everyday as a helper. It has established a learning environment that can also receive advice of life.

FAQ

FAQ

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  • What kinds of departments are there?

    [Daytime Departments - 4 years]

    Game College
    ・ Game Design Dept.
    ・ Game Planning Dept.
    ・ Game Production Dept.

    CG College
    ・ CG Images Dept.
    ・ Graphic Design Dept.
    ・ Anime and Illustration Dept.

    Music College
    ・ Music Dept.

    Car Design College
    ・ Car Design Dept.

    Robot College
    ・ Advanced Robotics Development Dept.

    IT College
    ・ Advanced Information Processing Dept.
    ・ Web Development Dept.

    [Daytime Departments - 2 years]

    Game College
    ・ Game Dept.
    CG College
    ・ CG Dept.
    Music College
    ・ Music Dept.
    Robot College
    ・ Electronic Dept.
    IT College
    ・ Information Processing Dept.
    ・ Web Dept.

    [Daytime Departments - 1 year]
    National Examination College.
    ・ National Examination Dept.

    [Evening specialty Departments - 2 years]7:00pm - 9:15pm
    ・ Game Dept.
    ・ CG Images Dept.
    ・ Graphic Design Dept.
    ・ Web Design Dept.
    ・ Network Dept.
    ・ Information Processing Dept.

    [Evening Courses - free plan]7:00pm - 9:15pm
    ・ Game Field
    ・ CG Images Field
    ・ Graphic Design Field
    ・ Web Design Field
    ・ Network Field
    ・ Information Processing Field
    ・ National Examination and Vendor Certification Acquisition

    [Saturday Courses] 9:30am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    ・ Fundamental Information Technology Engineer Course
    ・ Applied Information Technology Engineer Course

    * International student visas are not available for evening courses and Saturday courses. Please contact our enrollment inquiry office.

  • What educational features does HAL have?

    We have achieved an academic-industrial alliance that provides ideal professional education. We ensure practical education learning from professionals by interacting with companies from the time you are a student. We have also adopted a unique educational curriculum called "creativity development/humanity education." This will maximize your creativity and train you in communication skills necessary in Japanese society.

  • What is the academic-industrial alliance?

    Academic-industrial alliance is the collaboration of the industrial world and educational institutions.As an effort with companies,
    ・ Development of a curriculum that anticipates the needs of the time and implementation of demonstration software and hardware
    ・ Special lectures by specialists who are active in the industry
    ・ Internship programs with prominent companies
    ・ We are accumulating achievements with the set-up of a closely knit cooperative system including projects, which handles plans, development, and production from requests by companies until they have reached product commercialization.

    Nintendo Co., Ltd. Proposal of usage examples for Nintendo DSi software

    Nintendo Co., Ltd.Proposal of usage examples for Nintendo DSi software

    Warner Music Japan Inc. Production and proposal of a logo design to be used for a new heavy metal label

    Warner Music Japan Inc.Production and proposal of a logo design to be used for a new heavy metal label

    Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation "Design Prius for Smiles" becomes a full-scale car

  • Can anyone from beginners study?

    Professionally experienced instructors will thoroughly teach you everything from the fundamentals. Also, with support from companies, we have set up every kind of game development machine such as Nintendo3DS, Wii, PLAYSTATION and Xbox360 as well as the most up to date equipment including motion capture and full digital surround systems. We can provide an ideal environment for creators. Since you learn in the same environment as professionals, even though you are a beginner when you enter school, as a graduate, you will gain skills that are ready to be used immediately.

    Game development environment for Nintendo3DS/Wii

    Game development environment for Nintendo3DS/Wii

    Vicon motion capture systems

    Vicon motion capture systems

  • What kind of support is there for job hunting?

    The employment staff will give careful personal coaching for everything from how to write your personal resume, interviewing, and the production and presentation of your career portfolio. We will give complete support regarding tactics for qualifications and certification examinations that are advantageous to employment as well. In addition, the school will actively support you to create tactics and obtain a work visa, etc. regarding employment in Japan.

  • I would like some detailed school information.

    We will send you the latest HAL school brochures. Request brochures here.
    *Overseas dispatch is not available.

For enrollment

  • How much Japanese language ability is necessary?

    Your Japanese language ability must fulfill any one of the following conditions.
    ・ People who have attended a Japanese language school accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education for 6 months or more
    ・ People who have scored 200 points or higher on the "Japanese as a Foreign Language" section (reading comprehension, listening comprehension and listening-reading comprehension total) of the Examination of Japanese University Admission for International Students
    ・ People who have passed level N2 (previous level 2) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test hosted by Japan Educational Exchange and Services
    ・ People who have scored 400 points or higher on the BJT (Business Japanese Proficiency Test)
    ・ People who have received one year or more of education at a school* specified in Article 1 of the Japanese School Education Act.
    * Japanese elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, technical colleges, junior colleges, universities, graduate schools but excluding kindergartens

  • I would like to ask about how to enroll.

    Please contact us by telephone *Japanese Only
    Everyday (10:00am - 8:00pm except Sundays and holidays)

    HAL TOKYO: TEL 03-3344-1010

    HAL OSAKA: TEL 06-6347-0001

    HAL NAGOYA: TEL 052-551-1001

    Application Procedure *Japanese Only

  • I would like to visit the school.

    Here for those wishing to visit
    School Visits Everyday (10:00am - 8:00pm except Sundays and holidays)